If you’re a fan of “Lady and the Tramp,” you may want to dine at the restaurant where they shared their first kiss. No, not in the back alley by the Dumpsters, but in the comfortable, family-friendly Tony’s Town Square Restaurant located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
First Impressions of Tony’s Town Square
I recently visited the restaurant with a team of TravelingMom writers during our annual conference. I admit that I was unimpressed when we stepped in the door. The waiting area was crowded and loud, and we waited more than several minutes past our reserved time before we were finally seated.
A Change of Mind
My apprehensions all passed once we were seated in the main indoor dining room with black and white checkerboard floors and walls adorned with artwork depicting scenes from, you guessed it, Lady and the Tramp. The restaurant was still noisy, but our server was wonderful.
Aware that we were a bit pressed for time, she recommended meals that would be the quickest for us. The menu was not extensive, but offered a bit of variety. And for those with special dietary needs or allergies, I was impressed that the chef came to the table to address any concerns and offer suggestions.
After we placed our order, our waitress brought a plate of warm sourdough rolls and olive oil to dip it in to tide us over until our appetizers arrived a few minutes later. I had selected the Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Basil and a balsamic dressing. It was delicious!
I’m not particularly fond of Italian food, but at our server’s suggestion, I chose the Chicken Parmigiana as my main entree. I was not disappointed. The chicken was tender and lightly breaded with a sweet marinara sauce and melted mozzarella served over spaghetti. The portion was huge and I easily could have shared with another person. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish it, but wanted to save room for a slice of chocolate cake with chocolate hazelnut filling. If you doubt that you’ll be able to finish your dessert, start to eat your cake backwards, as the bites that included nuts sprinkled near the edge of the cake were especially yummy.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant Provides Other Perks
Diners don’t flock to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant solely for the meal. If you have a child who is collecting character autographs, they can add to their collection by asking the hostess or your server to kindly ask Lady & the Tramp for their paw prints. You won’t be able to see the characters, as they’re normally busy in the kitchen but you (or your child) will leave with autographs that many Disney visitors never know to ask for.
The patio is also a great place to view the Main Street Electrical Parade. The patio is reserved only for Tony’s guests so you can enjoy your meal and take in the magical parade. If you plan to eat at Tony’s, you will need a reservation, but it you plan to view the parade on the patio, don’t leave it up to chance. Reservations are accepted 180 days in advance.
If you’re looking for a quiet meal, your chances of finding that are probably better off outside the Magic Kingdom. If you’re looking for something conveniently located within the park that offers good food, good service and a meal that will fill you up, give Tony’s Town Square Restaurant a try.
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